21
November
2018
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08:07
Australia/Melbourne

Statement regarding the rescission of council resolution 8.2

This afternoon, a rescission motion has been lodged with the CEO regarding item 8.2 of the November ordinary council meeting “that council owned land not be available for hire by circuses and carnivals that involve the performance and display of exotic animals”.

Councillors Kat Bennett, Danny Lowe and Libby Hall signed the motion.

The rescission motion reads as follows:

That the resolution of the council meeting of 19 November 2018 - “that council owned land not be available for hire by circuses and carnivals that involve the performance and display of exotic animals” - be rescinded.

That the CEO prepare a further report on the availability of council land for circuses and carnivals, the report to address:

  1. Definitions of key terms, including but not limited to, circuses and carnivals, and exotic animals
  2. The scope of council owned land and crown land that may be impacted by any hire restriction
  3. Whether any restriction should involve the use of council land rather than hire of council land

 The report to be submitted no later than the February 2019 ordinary meeting of council.

The rescission motion suspends the implementation of the resolution.

It comes following some confusion in the community regarding the definitions of key terms including “exotic animals” and “circuses and carnivals” and the subsequent interpretation and implementation of the resolution.

The rescission motion will be considered at the December council meeting and the council will make no further comment until such time as it is presented.